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Yamaha Zenith

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In 1994 a prototype machine was built by Brian Davies of Dirtwheels, Coventry on the instructions of the British Speedway Promoters Association and the Japanese company Yamaha, the idea being to produce a machine that would be powered by the 250cc engine with a view to making the sport more affordable. This prototype fulfilled both the performance and cost criteria being competitive on the track and costing less to purchase and maintain. It did not succeed mainly it would seem because the 2 stroke engine just did not prove good enough for regular speedway use.


JAP engines had been used by the Zenith Motorcycle Company, London, since 1926 the company, managed by Freddy Barnes. Two speedway machines were produced in 1928 a 350 & 500cc engine fitter in a ridged frame. This was a workman like machine with none of the glitter and beautiful finish of some of the other speedway machines presented for consideration in 1928 and this may have been the reason it was not very popular amongst the dirt track racers who from the beginning exhibited a certain amount of showmanship, the production stopped in 1931.

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